A Miscellany of Baker Perkins’ Bits and Pieces
Old Baking Ovens
- The front of a Werner
Pfleiderer & Perkins “drawplate” oven, until recently preserved in the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough. It was originally installed in about 1892 with further improvements being carried out in May 1904. This oven would have supplied bread and other products to the railway refreshment cars and stations over a large area, including Lincoln, Doncaster, Leicester and Luton.
The floor rails and
wheels that allowed the sole-plate to be withdrawn from the oven for
loading and unloading can be seen clearly.
- The above oven as installed in the Old
Bakehouse art gallery of the Great Northern Hotel, surrounded by
other memorabilia. All of this equipment was removed in 2010.
- One of the above oven’s access doors
(the stokehole?). Similar ovens were manufactured by Joseph
Baker & Sons and some of both companies’ ovens enjoyed a remarkably
long working life.
- This “clock” contains no
mechanism. It was attached to the front of a “peel”
or a “drawplate” oven and the hands positioned to remind the baker when his batch of loaves should be ready to be removed from the oven.
This example of a peel oven is in the
Windmill Bakery in Ramsey, near Peterborough. Converted to run on
oil, it is not currently in use but is capable of being fired up
should the price of oil justify it.